Final report card confirms 'excellent' rating
The unprecedented results South-Western City School District officials expected were confirmed Feb. 27 with the Ohio Department of Education's official release of the 2011-12 state report card.
As preliminary data showed last fall, the district met 20 of the 26 indicators on the report card, an increase of two over the previous school year and the highest number the district has ever reached. The result earned SWCS an overall rating of excellent.
South-Western met the 75-percent passage rate in all but five of the state achievement tests.
The district did not meet the standard in all three fifth -grade achievement tests and in the third-grade reading and eighth-grade science tests.
The 75-percent passage rate was achieved on all Ohio Graduation Tests in both 10th and 11th grades.
The district's performance index score of 95.1 was also anticipated and was also its highest ever. The score was an increase of 1.2 points over last year and a 3.5 point increase over 2009-10.
"The results show that we continue to make great progress improving the skills and abilities of our students," Superintendent Bill Wise said. "We are very proud of the hard work and dedication to excellence by our students, staff and families.
"We know there is significant work ahead as we transition to more rigorous state standards," Wise said.
But the district's ranking as 12th in the state in the value-added measure shows "we do a great job of improving student skills."
South-Western was above expected growth in the value-added measure, which represents the progress a district has made with its students since last school year.
The district was above expected growth for reading in grades four, five and eight and for math in grades four through six.
The report card data show South-Western overall did not meet adequate yearly progress.
The final release of the state report card was delayed for an investigation of several districts for allegedly altering data last year. South-Western was not one of the districts under investigation.